|Charles H. Smith|
March 7, 1826|
February 4, 1898 (aged 71)|
|Place of burial||Ocean View Cemetery, Wells, Maine|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Unit||USS Rhode Island|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Charles H. Smith (March 7, 1826 - February 4, 1898) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions aboard the USS Rhode Island.
Medal of Honor citation
Smith's official Medal of Honor citation reads: Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1826, Maine. Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
On board the USS Rhode Island which was engaged in rescuing men from the stricken USS Monitor in Mobile Bay, on December 30, 1862. After the Monitor sprang a leak and went down, Smith courageously risked his life in a gallant attempt to rescue members of the crew. Although he, too, lost his life during the hazardous operation, he had made every effort possible to save the lives of his fellow men..
- List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Battle of Mobile Bay
- "Charles H. Smith". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7257705. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
- "Charles H. Smith". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=426. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
- "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (M–Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 27, 2011. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Retrieved April 30, 2016.